Nicola achieved her PhD here at the University of Birmingham on Ireland's experience of globalisation in 2003 and since then she has published on a variety of issues surrounding globalisation, neo-liberalism and social justice. Among other themes, Nicola's current research explores: the intersections between feminist political economy and queer theory; the nature of 'International Political Economy' and 'Political Science' as disciplinary terrains; the global political economy of commercial sex; and the body in/and global capitalism.
Nicola is currently Director of the MA Programme in IPE for POLSIS, and she is Senior Tutor, Quality Assurance Officer, Exams Officer, and Plagiarism Officer for the new cross-College Liberal Arts & Sciences Programme. She also serves on the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Ethics Committee. In 2013 Nicola received the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning for the College of Social Sciences, and along with 17 other colleagues from across the University she was selected for the University’s pilot Emerging Leaders' Programme in 2013-14.
Nicki also edits (with Adrienne Roberts and Juanita Elias) the new book series on Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality for Rowman & Littlefield International.